Ewell Downs News Bulletin – December 2015
This Bulletin gives a short update on local matters prior to the festive season.
This annual event in Ewell Village is taking place this Friday evening. Do come along and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie and share in the festivities. Shops in the village will be open late, with some offering mulled wine, mince pies and other Christmas goodies. Local children and adults will sing carols and there will be family attractions throughout the village.
The High Street will be closed from 4 – 9pm with free car parking in the two car parks in Cheam Road – there is easy pedestrianised access to the High Street.
New for this year’s Ewell Yule is the opening of the small jail in Church Street, where a ‘prisoner’ can be seen and children enter the competition “Guess the crime of the prisoner.”
In Glyn Hall (by Krinkles and Easy Buy) stall holders will be selling handmade crafts and a large model railway will be on display and the Epsom Beekeepers will be selling local honey from a stall in the High Street.
We welcome The Mayor and Mayoress, Chris and Liz Frost – Surrey Hills Radio DJs will make announcements – Carol singers will entertain from the Memorial Gardens, Epsom & Ewell Silver Band will be playing and The Morris Men dance.
St Mary’s Ewell.
20 December -Nine Lessons & Carols Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Christmas story unfolds as the nine lessons are read, interspersed with Christmas carols and choral music. This year, St Mary’s Singers are leading in singing Christmas carols.
Visit website for further information – http://www.stmarysewell.com
Free parking on Sundays in the run up to Christmas in central Epsom Council run car parks: To support local traders and help residents with Christmas shopping, parking in – the Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Depot Road and Upper High Street car parks will be free in the run up to Christmas – i.e. 6, 13 & 20 December. Car parks in Ewell and Stoneleigh are free every Sunday throughout the year.
‘French’ Christmas Concert – Epsom Chamber Choir present “Joyeux Noel” on Saturday 12th December at St Martins Church, Church St, Epsom.
3:00pm Family Carols (where children can gather round the tree to sing along to favourite carols) Tickets: £6.00 adults, £4 children. £12 family ticket
7:30pm Christmas Concert – a wonderful selection of Christmas music with a French twist. Together with seasonal treats this talented group of singers will also be performing three new works composed by members of the choir. Candlelight carols and mince pies add the traditional touches to the evening. Tickets:£12 (under-25s £5) in advance from the choir or online £15 (£7) on the door. For more information visit website http://www.epsomchamberchoir.org.uk/index.php
Barrier control parking in rear Town Hall and Hope Lodge car parks
The rear Town Hall and Hope Lodge car parks became operational as barrier controlled car parks from Tuesday 1 December. The two hour maximum stay restriction will no longer apply from that date. As with the Ashley Centre and Hook Road car parks customers will take a yellow token at the entry point and use this to pay for their parking at the end of their visit and to raise the barrier at the exit point.
Nescot – Work continues on the site and I am sure you will all be aware of the traffic disruption. We are in touch with the developers and putting as much pressure as we can on them to get the work completed on the pavement so traffic can flow more freely without the need for traffic light controls.
The site will close for the Christmas holiday on 22nd December 2015 and will re-open on Wednesday 6th January 2016.
The development web site is http://www.circlehillnescot.co.uk if you wish to make any comments direct.
Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – work on the site of the new roundabout was completed on schedule but, as detailed in the Newsletter and the October bulletin, there are concerns regarding this under the Stage 3 Safety Audit and we understand that work is being scheduled to rectify these through Surrey County Council.
Traffic on East Street – We understand that yellow lines are to be painted outside the shops in the not too distant future.
Traffic disruption on Cheam Road – from the 3 – 7 December work will be done to re-cut the Cheam Road traffic loops at the St. Normans Way junction. Work will start at 8 am and continue to midnight. Hopefully once they are in & wired up the situation on the A240/Cheam Road junction will improve.
Winter gritting – As we approach the winter months keep yourself updated on Surrey Highways plans for winter gritting and maintenance. General information on Surrey Highways winter plans and preparations is on the SCC website – http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roadsand-transport/road-maintenanceand-cleaning/salting-and-gritting. If you are a twitter user you can follow Surrey Highways at @surreytravel for up-to-date information on gritting, as well as other travel alerts for Surrey.
Snakey Alley – the remedial work has been completed and we have had good reports on this. Thank you to our Councillors for chasing this up.
Proposed site for Aldi Supermarket on Old Dairy Site – nothing further to report at this stage. Anyone who did not receive the leaflet can look up the details on the Epsom Civic Society website http://www.epsomcivicsociety.org.uk
Accommodation for 77 students on Mill Road – 14/01784/FUL- regrettably permission was granted for this development subject to conditions which can be seen on the Council Planning website.
Backland between Links Road and Higher Green – no further news as yet.
Priest Hill Heights – we understand that a show house will be available soon. Further details on the collection of 15 luxury 5 & 6 bedroom detached homes with prices ranging from £1,425,000 – £1,725,000 can be viewed on the Cala Homes website.
Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – hedge planting around the reserve was done by volunteers on 2 December. If you would like to help with the site management please contact the ranger; firstname.lastname@example.org; no experience necessary just enthusiasm! Upcoming dates:
Mon 7th December, Mon 1st February, Mon 7th March, Wed 23rd March.
Ewell Village shops – Work is continuing very very slowly on Wild’s Lounge!
Regarding “The Star”, we understand that some work has been done on the broken windows and there may be some further progress on the horizon.
New Crossrail 2 Consultation
A public consultation has been launched into Crossrail 2. The proposed new railway serving London and the wider South East, would run underground across London between Wimbledon and New Southgate/Tottenham Hale and link into the existing national rail network above ground for destinations in Surrey and Hertfordshire. The proposals are at a very early stage of development and subject to funding and approval. The earliest the scheme could be open is 2030.
Crossrail 2 trains are proposed to run south west of Wimbledon serving branch lines to Epsom, Chessington South, Hampton Court and Shepperton. This means that in the borough of Epsom & Ewell, Crossrail 2 is proposed to serve Worcester Park, Stoneleigh, Ewell West and Epsom stations.
A factsheet on the route between Epsom and Worcester Park can be found on https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossrail2/october2015/user_uploads/sw2.pdf. The consultation will run until 8 January 2016.
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Finally – A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL.